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Blues, Seated

Ma Bessie and her Blues Troupe

Thursday 25th April 2019 - Starts 8pm

TICKET PRICE: £16 adv, £18 on the door


Photo: Dawn Foster

Enjoy a night celebrating the musical talent of Bessie Smith (15th April 1894 – 26th September 1937) with a show that tells the story of an incredible life through her songs and others of the era.

Nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues”, Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.  She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on other jazz singers.

Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her Blues Troupe perform to a narrated show, featuring music from the era and showcasing many of Bessie’s songs.  The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 that ended her life aged 43 years.

St. Louis Blues

Nobody knows you when you’re down and out

I’m Wild About That Thing


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